[HISTORY: List of Invasive Plants and Species 1984 Code §§ 41-1—41-7 as amended through December 31, 2016. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The growth, existence or presence of ragweed, poison ivy, poison sumac and any other noxious plant growths, invasive plants and species, weeds, dead or dying trees, brush, stumps, roots, grass and other dead or dying plants growths on any plot of land, lot, street, highway, right-of-way or any other public or private place is hereby declared to be a nuisance and detrimental to the public health, safety and welfare.
No owner of any plot of hand, lot, street, highway, right-of-way or any other public or private place within the City of South Amboy shall cause, allow or permit a nuisance as declared by this chapter to grow or exist thereon.
Whenever a nuisance as declared by this chapter is found on any plot of land, lot, right-of-way or any private premises or place, notice in writing shall be given to the owner thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein but not less than 10 days from the date of service thereof. If the owner resides out of the state or cannot be notified speedily, such notice shall be left at the place or premises with the tenant or occupant thereof and a copy of such notice shall be mailed to such owner by certified mail, return receipt requested.
Whenever a nuisance as declared by this chapter is found on any public property or any street or highway or any other public premises or place, notice in writing shall be given to the person in charge thereof to remove or abate the same within such time as shall be specified therein. If such person fails to comply with such notice within the time specified therein, the city, through its designated representative, may remove or abate such nuisance in the manner as hereinafter provided in the case of a like condition existing on a private premises or place.
If the owner, upon being notified as provided in Section 41-3 hereof, shall not comply with such notice within the time specified therein and fails to remove or abate such nuisance, the city, through its designated representative, shall proceed to abate the nuisance or may cause it to be removed or abated in a similar manner by such means as the city, through its designated representative shall deem proper.
In any case where the aforesaid nuisance are required to be removed or abated from any lands as provided for in Section 41-5 hereof, the city, through its designated representative, shall certify the cost thereof and, if found correct, shall cause the cost as shown thereon to be charged against such lands; the amount so charged shall forthwith become a lien upon such lands and shall be added to and become a part of the taxes next to be assessed and levied upon such lands, to bear interest at the same rate as taxes, and shall be collected and enforced by the same officers and in the same manner as taxes.
The Health Official shall be designated as the official of the City of South Amboy who shall enforce this chapter.